Energy & Industry

Latest: Feds warn states against letting more mining companies self-bond
Latest: NASA determines methane hotspot is from natural gas production
Range podcast: The cult of Tesla
Range podcast: The cult of Tesla
What is it about Tesla and Elon Musk that has attracted such fierce devotion from so many people?
A look inside a clean water regulator's mind
Why the EPA ignores factory farm pollution
Black Sunday, 30 years later
Black Sunday, 30 years later
The author attends a peculiar reunion, a meeting with the former Exxon executives who pulled the plug on oil shale three decades ago.
A revision to our energy future
Conservationists will influence new energy corridors
Afield with a vegan gas man
Afield with a vegan gas man
HCN talks with Eric Sanford of SG Interests about the politics of energy development, split estate, and more.
High Noon for solar
High Noon for solar
Why does solar power development lag in the United States when it has taken off all over Europe?
Sometimes environmentalists miss the boat
Sometimes environmentalists miss the boat
Colorado environmentalists goofed when they opposed a bill that would have harnessed the methane produced by coal mines as a form of renewable energy.
Gas tracks
Railroads capitalize on the energy boom
The Atlas of the Industrial West
The Atlas of the Industrial West
An annotated map shows you how to find some of the West's odder sites, such as old bombing ranges, giant dams, huge industrial projects and giant telescope arrays.
Gregory Jaczko's resignation weakens federal nuclear regulation
Gregory Jaczko's resignation weakens federal nuclear regulation
The San Onofre nuclear power plant has problems that are perhaps endemic to the industry, and chairman Gregory Jaczko's May 2012 resignation from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission means there's one less strong regulator keeping a sharp eye on industry.
Aging mining law handcuffs the American West
Tucson, Ariz., is joining the list of western cities getting shafted by the out-of-date 1872 General Mining Law.
The fading Arizona town of Gila Bend bets big on solar
The fading Arizona town of Gila Bend bets big on solar
At last -- a place to put utility scale plants that won't ruin the desert. But will politics and the economy get in the way?
Planned and operating solar projects in Gila Bend, Arizona
A map showing location and project status for solar buildups
Choosing between solar and soil in California
Choosing between solar and soil in California
Michael Robinson wants to lease some of his less-productive farmland for solar development, but a California law designed to protect the state's soil may make that impossible.
California clean energy rules may impede imports from rest of West
California clean energy rules may impede imports from rest of West
Renewable energy developers have long relied on selling to California, but recent changes make it harder for outsiders to access the market.
Can solar produce long-lasting jobs?
Can solar produce long-lasting jobs?
Constructing solar energy plants provides well-paying jobs, but most of the work is only temporary.
What's the best place for Big Solar?
What's the best place for Big Solar?
Environmentalists have been too busy squabbling over proposed solar plants to pay much attention to one of the most promising sites: Gila Bend, Ariz.
New podcast: There's (still) gold in them thar hills!
The latest episode of HCN's new monthly podcast, West of 100, is now available. Tune in -- it's free!
Recycling diesel emissions for farm fertilizer?
Recycling diesel emissions for farm fertilizer?
Canadian farmer Gary Lewis, fed up with the failures of synthetic fertilizer, has invented a system called Bio-Agtive Emissions Technology, a tractor add-on that recycles diesel emissions into fertilizer.
It’s the pits
New Mexico’s conservative pols rage against one of the nation's strictest oil and gas rules
There's (still) gold in them thar hills
There's (still) gold in them thar hills
Soaring prices are driving a new gold rush -- among mining behemoths and small-time prospectors.